The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

In the Studio #25


Jo Stafford cuts a hillbilly number.

7 comments :

Christopher said...

I like! ;o)..how about a pic of Dorothy Shay, the Park Avenue Hillbilly,sometime?...

Andrea said...

Priceless! Haven't seen this one before! --Andrea The Petquality Twindowlicker

Conoeuseaur du Jazz said...

Is this from a film, or soundie?

Pappy said...

Great!

This is no doubt a publicity shot for Jo's Capitol recording session with the great Red Ingle for 'Tim-tay-shun'. Note the band includes bass player/impresario Cliffie Stone & his father 'Herman the Hermit' on banjo. Still trying to figure out who the feller is on the weird 3-neck guitar...

Robert Fiore said...

Probably a publicity still for Tim-Tayshun, her hillbilly version of Temptaion, in collaboration with Red Engles (his session, actually, I think), which you may hear here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBqP6c7hGQw

Timmy said...

Did them Klezmer-Kats backing her up & that triple neck guitar thing...

swac said...

Herman the Hermit (shown on banjo) played a triple-neck guitar on the LA show Hometown Jamboree (hosted by Cliffie Stone). That's probably his instrument pictured here, but I don't know who's holding it. I was thinking maybe Billy Strange, but I'm not convinced.

Looking at a page about Hometown Jamboree, that's one solid lineup they had there.